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Hello all! I want to report that I have received a lot of positive feedback regarding the Varietal Exploration emails from customers and employees alike. Great news! With that in mind we offer VE III, Pinot Noir. I must confess this is probably my most favorite varietal, mostly because of its affinity with a vast array of cuisine but also because it makes a very civilized, medium bodied quaffing red. That means it tastes good!Once again let’s see what Wikipedia tells us:

“Pinot Noir (French: [pino nwaʁ]) is a red wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. The name may also refer to wines created predominantly from Pinot Noir grapes. The name is derived from the French words for pine and black; the pine alluding to the grape variety having tightly clustered, pine cone-shaped bunches of fruit…Pinot Noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler regions, but the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France. Other regions that have gained a reputation for Pinot Noir include the Willamette Valley of Oregon, the Carneros, Central Coast and Russian River AVAs (American Viticultural Area) of California, the Walker Bay wine region of South Africa, Tasmania and Yarra Valley in Australia and the Central Otago, Martinborough and Marlborough wine regions of New Zealand. Pinot Noir is also a primary variety used in sparkling wine production in Champagne and other wine regions.”Getting back to the food pairing aspect of Pinot Noir, it has the ability to stand up to spicy dishes much better than the bigger Vinifera grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. I love it with BBQ ribs, grilled salmon, spicy Asian dishes and other grilled meats and vegetables. It’s also the wine I go for when I just want an interesting red to sip and ponder.-Bill The Wine Guy



Balletto Russian River Pinot Noir
Forest-floor earthliness, dark, savory spice and a slight touch of bright red fruit combine with a silky palate that lingers over its poised, age-worthy structure. Then, there’s the crisp acidity that keeps the wine lively and intertwines gracefully with the structure. So serious, yet balanced and approachable.



Black Stallion Carneros Pinot Noir
The Los Carneros Pinot Noir is a voluptuous wine with rich, full flavors and silky, supple tannins. A captivating cascade of floral, spicy and black cherry aromas translates effortlessly to the palate. Concentrated flavors of ripe black fruit and cola balanced by undertones of cool minerality and marked acidity lead this elegant Pinot Noir to a long and layered finish.



Erath Oregon Pinot Noir
“Freshly baked berry cobbler, cream soda, a vein of citrus and a waft of subtle smoke envelope the senses. Soft and supple on the palate, the wine delivers notes of fresh, juicy red plum, cranberry and zesty pie cherry. The finish lingers with an endearing hint of sweetness.”-Winemakers notes



Balletto Russian River Rose of Pinot Noir
Fun and friendly, it’s hard to have just one sip. Bright cherry, strawberry and lime combine with perfect acidity, minerality and a delicate texture to make this lively and pretty wine. The balance is spot on, and the only thing missing is a sunny day on the patio.


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